Forget Avatar: 10 Compelling Films of Real-Life Indigenous Struggles
With the release of the new 9 minute longer special edition, James Cameron is tempting us once again to pick up arms and join the Na'vi in their struggles against the mechanized hordes of mankind. If you like the themes, but don't feel like adding to the nearly $3 billion take of Avatar, have heart...here are 10 of the most compelling films about real life indigenous struggles.
10. Little Big Man (8.0)
9. Waterbuster (7.5)
8. Thunderheart (8.5) & Incident at Oglala (7.0)
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence (8.5)
6. The Exiles (9.0)
5. Whale Rider (7.0)
4. Smoke Signals (8.0)
3. The Mission (8.0)
2. Frozen River (7.5)
1. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is the only one of these I haven't seen. Since it isn't available on Netflix, it may be a while before I see it.
Of course, most Native-themed movies involve real-life struggles. I could come up another list of 10 movies that I'd rate just as highly as these movies. But Stephen's list is solid, with no real clinkers. If you haven't seen them, get crackin'.
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Below: Scenes from The Exiles.